After breakfast, we drive to Barsheni, start point of the trek and from here hit the trail leading to Khirganga. Today's walk is through a wooded region and is not very demanding. Khirganga is a beautiful meadow with sulphur springs and a few dhabas (eating joints). Overnight in tents.
Today you walk through meadows negotiating several ascents and descents. The trail for most parts is through forested area and then you come out into open meadows of Tunda Bhuj. Here you can't miss the massive granite cliffs overlooking the meadows. Towards the end of the walk for today you will experience the joy of crossing the river using a Jhula pul (Pulley Bridge). Overnight in tents.
Today we will have to make a couple of tricky river crossings before reaching our destination for the day. First river crossing is over an exposed boulder on a side stream and then over the Parvati river over the Pandu bridge which is a gigantic boulder with a stone staircase on one side. One will need to manoeuvre carefully and with assistance from our guides and we might put ropes, if required. Ody Thach is again a massive meadow with the majestic Kullu Eiger peak overlooking it. Here you are sure to meet a few shepherds and get first-hand information on the condition of the trail leading to the pass. Overnight in tents.
Today the trail is flattish and along the river. Towards the end of the trail there is a climb up a lateral moraine which can take some effort. After the climb you reach a small temple very scenically located. We will spend some time here and then walk down through a maze of small rivulets to reach our campsite. Overnight in tents.
This day is to give our bodies a good rest so that we are fully acclimatised and charged for the next 2 days where we will need to push our bodies a bit. Today enjoy the experience of not doing a thing! Overnight in tents.
The adventure begins today with wading required to cross a few rivulets. Once out of this area we will climb through a steep terrain where the trail is not well marked and some sections where it is missing in parts or completely. Towards the end we will traverse through a moraine section to reach a snow field. Depending on the snow conditions we will pitch the tents and one might have to camp on snow today. After a brief rest your guides will go on a recce trip and check out the conditions for crossing the pass. Landscape around the campsite is beautiful with glaciers, snow fields, moraines and the sounds of an odd avalanche. We will sleep very early today in preparation of an early start. Overnight in tents.
Today the weather and trail conditions will decide what time we leave but it's going to be an early morning departure for sure, between 2-5:00 a.m. The walk is in all probability going to be totally on snow. From the camp we start with a steep climb to reach a col from where it's a walk through big snow fields till we reach close to the pass where we ascend for about an hour to get to the top of the world!! Views are completely mind boggling and feeling completely amazing. You will be proud of your achievement!! From here we will descend again through snow fields and moraine sections. This is a long descent over scree and rocks to reach the Pin river in Spiti valley. After another river crossing we reach the campsite and relax. Enjoy a hot cup of tea along with various pass stories doing the round. Overnight in tents.
The hike today is long but very gentle and beautiful with typical Spiti landscape all around. There are multi coloured mountains and vast open grasslands with the beautiful Pin river flowing by. You will pass by a few shepherd camps and cross a few streams along the way with the last one needing to be handled carefully. From the trail we get a view of Mudh village far away with its barley fields, at the base of a big and barren mountain. On reaching Mudh we spend some time in this quaint village before driving to Kaza. On reaching Kaza we check into a hotel and enjoy a much deserved hot shower. We celebrate the successful completion of the trek with a party in the evening. Overnight in the hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Manali via the Kunzum pass and Rohtang pass. TRIP ENDS HERE.
We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek
The following equipment is provided on the trek :
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
For travel from Delhi to Manali & back, one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport
Train travel though not very popular is available to cover a certain distance. One can either take a train to Pathankot or Jogindernagar (narrow gauge). From both these places one will need to drive to Manali. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 15 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
Season for this trek is from mid-June to mid-October. In the early days of the season we will catch a lot of snow on the high passes which reduces considerably by mid-Aug. As the season proceeds we might catch rain towards Kullu valley but on the other side, Spiti we will have sunny days. Days are generally going to be sunny and warm (12-20 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of -2 to 6 °C. In the latter part of the season (Sep – mid-Oct) there is very little snow on the trail and good weather throughout but with possibility of snowfall. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around 12-18 °C and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (- 6 to 4 °C).
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek
Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.
We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘GIO trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.
Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details..
We have broadly classified our treks as below:
Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers
Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding
Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.
Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.
Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.
Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.
Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.
9 Days | Jun - Oct | Strenuous | Max Alt: Pin Parvati Pass (5300m)
Day 1 : Manali - Kasol (1539m)- Barsheni - Khirganga (2707m) (Drive / 45 Mins) (Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs)
Day 2 : Khirganga (2707m) - Thakur Kuwan (3320m) (Trek / 6 - 7 Hrs)
Day 3 : Thakur Kuwan (3320m) - Ody Thach (3600m) (Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs)
Day 4 : Ody Thach (3600m) - Mantalai (3930m) (Trek / 4 - 5 Hrs)
Day 5 : Mantalai (3930m) Rest Day
Day 6 : Mantalai (3930m) - Pin Parvati Pass Basecamp (4450m) (Trek / 3 Hrs)
Day 7 : Pin Parvati Pass Basecamp (4450m) - Pin Parvati Pass (5300m) - Pin Basecamp (4140m) (Trek / 8 - 9 Hrs)
Day 8 : Pin Basecamp (4140m) - Mudh (3740m) Via Tiya (3876m) - Kaza (3800m) (Trek / 7 - 8 Hrs)( Drive / 2 Hrs)
Day 9 : Kaza (3800m) - Manali (2000m) (Drive / 8 Hrs)
The Pin Parvati trek can be challenging in stages and therefore recommended only to people who have previous trekking experience. You will be required to cross a > moderately difficult pass , do a few river crossings and walk long stretches on certain days. Just like its sibling, the Bhabha Pass, it offers unmatched variety and excitement. The landscape you start from and the one you finish in have nothing in common other than the fact that both are mesmerising.
The contrast is very refreshing indeed. You add to this the adrenaline rush of crossing ice cold rivers and a high Himalayan pass (5300 m) for which the build-up starts happening on Day 1 and you have all the ingredients of a thriller. The day you cross the pass you will also get a basic perspective of what mountaineering means. Thankfully it's not a very technical pass to cross and your guides will be there to assist you if required. Another standout feature of the Pin Parvati Pass trek is that as you move along the trail from the Kullu valley into the Spiti valley, you see a drastic change in culture, with both cultures being distinct, rich and welcoming.
The Pin Parvati trek starts from the beautiful Kullu valley which is known for its lush green landscapes, hospitable people, inviting meadows, apple orchards and rich culture. From here a demanding 5 days walk takes you literally on top of the world where you walk on gigantic snow fields to reach the Pin Parvati pass (5300 m). You will probably spend just about an hour here, but in this short time, capture sights which will last for a lifetime for sure! There are views of high mountain ranges, glaciers, ice walls and underlying valleys all conjuring a spectacular picture. From here we descend into the wonderful Spiti valley again through snow fields and boulder ridden terrain.
Spiti valley is in every sense as beautiful, if not more, than its famous neighbour, Ladakh. Only, it is still untouched by the impact of tourism and not too many people are aware of its surreal existence. The landscape of this valley is stark and spectacular and challenges one's idea of beauty at all stages. This valley is open only for a few months every year as the high passes leading to it get blocked by snowfall.
The trail ends at a small and quaint village called Mudh in the famous Pin valley . From here we will drive to Kaza, the district headquarters of Spiti. Spiti is surrounded by ranges of the Greater Himalaya in a semi-circular arc, separating it from Lahaul on the west, Kullu to the south and Kinnaur to the southwest. These ranges prevent the moisture-laden clouds bringing the Indian monsoon from reaching the region, thus creating in Spiti, a bleak and arid landscape common with Ladakh and Tibet. Lacking vegetative growth, the exposed terrain is a geologist's paradise. It records every geological age from the Pre-Cambrian to the recent, in pristine formations.
The Pin Parvati Pass Trek and Spiti Trek are the most captivating trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh. Witness the beautiful flowers and relish the high-spiritedness of the mountains, while wandering alongside the border of the Pin Valley National Park. This will let you to spot sensational wildlife. Remember, the route to Pin Parvati Pass is decided on the basis of your health condition, fitness and previous trekking experience and fitness.
Alike other treks, even for the Spiti Valley Trek - GIO Adventures assists you with professionally qualified expert guides. Our guides will run a small course on climbing techniques to get you to know more about the sport and get comfortable with it.
|Region||Himachal Pradesh - Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh - Spiti|